Published: 29/12/2013 11:47 - Updated: 29/12/2013 12:02

Fishing movie has viewers hooked

New film features rivers in Helmsdale and Brora
New film features rivers in Helmsdale and Brora

AN EVOCATIVE and highly acclaimed film about fly-fishing, shot on the Brora and Helmsdale rivers, is about to hit the big screen — and already has movie critics hooked.

The independently produced documentary “Kiss the Water” goes on general release from 10th January, coinciding with the new fishing season.

Special screenings are planned for Helmsdale and Inverness the following week.

The film tells the story of the reclusive and eccentric Megan Boyd who lived a simple life in a cabin with no electricity or phone and just her dog for company.

She became legendary in fishing circles worldwide for her creations of beautiful — and effective — fishing flies.

Prince Charles became a friend and visited her to buy examples of her exquisite work. Megan died in 2001.

The film was shot in and around Kintradwell where Megan lived.

It premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June to sparkling reviews.

The documentary cleverly combines cinematic footage of anglers and exquisite hand-painted animation to convey how Megan “twirled bits of colourful fur and exotic feathers round a tiny, sharp metal hook,” according to its director Eric Steel.

Megan’s flies are said to have “danced for the salmon; a hypnotic underwater ballet, gliding beneath the surface, changing costumes and feathers.”

She never fished a day in her life and apparently hated the idea that her flies killed fish, but continued to make them.

She was said to have declined an invitation to Buckingham Palace to receive a British Empire Medal because she could not find someone to stay with her beloved dog.

There will be two special screenings of the film at Timespan in Helmsdale on 17th January. A week-long run begins at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness that same day.

A Screen Machine tour of the movie will include stops in Lochcarron on 5th February, Ullapool on 11th February and Bettyhill on 18th February.

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